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Manchester United might have found their perfect director of football
here’s no strict definition of job responsibilities for a director of football, but for most clubs an ideal candidate would be setting out a strategy, taking a long-term view over recruitment and building a squad and making sure money is not wasted by a manager in the transfer market.
When Manchester United first toyed with the idea of appointing a director of football, or a technical director, the idea came on the back of a tumultuous summer under Jose Mourinho when it was clear that manager and club bosses were singing from very different hymn sheets when it came to transfer targets and what approach to take.
It was August 2018 when the prospect of a new addition to the structure at Old Trafford was first publicly mooted, yet despite numerous names being linked with the job, no appointment has been made 20 months later.
Names such as Edwin van der Sar, Paul Mitchell, Antero Henrique and Ralf Rangnick have been linked with the position, while United alumni like Darren Fletcher, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand have been mentioned.
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